June 2018 Meeting – Natural Born Botanists – Plants from an insect’s point of view.

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Meeting will be: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Texas Discovery Gardens

 

 

The best entomologists know their plants! Most herbivorous insects are dependent on one or a few species of closely related plants. The June program will help you learn to identify some of the most important plants from an insect’s point of view, using hands on techniques such as observations in the “field” at  Texas Discovery Gardens where we will have access to a wide variety of plants.  Provided will be handout of common flowering plant families, illustrated plant parts glossary, and lists of insect/plant associations.

About the Speaker

John Watts was born and raised in north Florida (Jacksonville) where he developed an early interest in insects and began studying them at six years of age.  John received his masters in entomology from the University of Florida specializing in insect husbandry. It was also in college that began his lifelong interest in the biology and systematics of leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae). As a collector of insects, John leans on plants and he is an avid gardener both for food and for wildlife, especially pollinators. John’s professional career started at the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Nature and Science and he spent 7 years at the Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center in Westminster, Colorado before settling in Dallas. With over 20 years of experience and an inordinate fondness for nature in general he shares a wealth of knowledge at Texas Discovery Gardens.

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Schedule:
6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for June is:

Texas Discovery Gardens 
Fair Park
3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, TX 75210
214-428-7476

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

 

Announcing the Fall Class at Mountain View College

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Welcome to North Texas Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program! Here you will find “a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.”

Here I find my dig-deep in-the-dirt side-by-side true friends. I admire North Texas Master Naturalists for connecting people with nature, committing to our community and representing our chapter contributing in countless ways with our partner projects all over Dallas County and beyond; and our choice to be a life-long learner, ever-curious.

In partnership with a southern Dallas county campus implementing sustainability initiatives for several years under the wise leadership and diligent stewardship of Sustainability Coordinator Lori Delacruz Lewis, North Texas Master Naturalists will host a fall class at Mountain View College. On this campus you will find energy and water reductions, recycling programs, a community garden, aquaponics lab, and an outdoor classroom. The Outdoor Classroom consists of seven campus “stations” for faculty to conduct outdoor learning sessions: Austin Chalk Wash, Blackland Prairie, Woodland Trails and East and West Patios that straddle the stream running through the middle of the campus. The Geology Courtyard and Butterfly/Fractal Garden are currently being designed. Encompassing the entire campus, the Outdoor Classroom is 210 acres in the Austin Chalk Wash formation, which boasts woodland trails, Blackland Prairie and a wide variety of wildlife. The Office of the Mountain View College President, Dr. Robert Garza wrote: “We find that a partnership with TMN and bringing its training to our campus naturally aligns.”

In an effort to spread our mission, and increase our volunteer hours at our project partner locations in southern Dallas County, recruitment efforts for this fall class at this lovely campus will target staff, students and faculty of Mountain View College; and neighbors of Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Trinity River Audubon Center, Cedar Ridge Preserve, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Kiest Park, and Oak Cliff Nature Preserve.

Visit our How to Join page for more information and to apply.  You can also see the class schedule and learn about the instructors there.

Rose Mercer
Vice President
North Texas Chapter
Texas Master Naturalist Program
fallclass@ntmn.org

Jim’s This & That May 2018

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JIM’S THIS & THAT: May 2018 Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday, Jim Varnum! Happy birthday to you!  May the Fourth be with you! What is hope? It is a presentiment that imagination is more real and reality less real than it looks. It is a hunch that the overwhelming brutality of facts that oppress and repress is not the last word. It is a suspicion that reality is more complex than realism wants us to believe and that the frontiers of the possible… Read More →

May 2018 Meeting – Waltz Across Texas – a dance across space and time

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Meeting will be: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm

 

 

The May Meeting program will be a whirlwind tour of the surface geology of Texas, that is, the rocks exposed in each region and the land forms that result.  From touring the varied regions of Texas, we will piece together the 1.2 billion years of earth’s history exposed in Texas.

 

Photo of Guadalupe Peak, with the cliff El Capitan on the right.  The scarp shows layers sloping to the right, which connect shallow reef limestones at the top to deeper marine shale at the bottom.

 

About the Speaker

Tom Dill was born in Nebraska, and grew up in the little town of Valentine, near the scenic sandhills and Niobrara River.  He earned a BS degree in Geology from the University of Nebraska, and a MS degree in Geology from Oregon State University.  For his master’s thesis Tom mapped volcanic and sedimentary rocks in central Oregon that came from the ancestral Cascade Mountain range.

Tom has worked as a geologist in the oil and gas exploration industry for over 25 years landing in Dallas in 1997.  He has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists since 1980, Geological Society of America since 1989, and Dallas Geological Society since 2001.  A member of the Dallas Paleontological Society since 2005, he served as the Programs Chair since 2009, and is currently serving a second term as President.

Tom has also taught Earth Science and Physical Geology courses at Collin and Richland Colleges, where he  wrote and designed educational materials for an on-line Physical Geology course produced by the LeCroy Center of Dallas County Community College.  For the former Elison Miles Geotechnology Institute at Brookhaven, he led field trips for teachers to the North Sulphur River just north of Greenville, Texas.

Tom’s hobbies are hiking and backpacking, photography, kayaking and canoeing, and mineral and fossil collecting.  He and his spouse Barb have four children.

Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Schedule:
6:30 Meet and eat
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

The meeting place for May is:

Meadows Conference Center
Oak Corner Conference Room
2900 Live Oak Street
Dallas, TX 75204
214-821-0911

As always all of our meetings are free and open to the public.

Hope to see YOU there!

Jim’s This and That: April 2018

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JIM’S THIS & THAT: April 2018

Happy April Fools Day! What to do, what to do…here are some devilish inspirations… https://www.boredpanda.com/funny-april-fools-pranks

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Forbid us to be satisfied with what we make of life.
Draw us from trivial content
and set our eyes on far-off goals.
Keep us at tasks too hard for us
that we may be driven to you for strength.
Deliver us from fretfulness and self-pitying;
make us sure of the good we cannot see
and of the hidden good in the world.
Save us from ourselves
and show us a vision of a world made new.
                        (Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884 – 1962)

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